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The American Prize in Conducting
—college/university chorus division
The American Prize winner:
KEVIN L. BAKER, director
Southern Utah University Concert Chamber Choir
Cedar City, UT
|KEVIN L. BAKER|
Among judges' comments: "...clear and expressive, reflecting the musical style of each piece...a conductor easy to sing for..."
DEANNA JOSEPH, director
Georgia State University Singers
Dr. Joseph is an active guest conductor and clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than ten states. She is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire, and has led performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert's Mass in A-flat and Bruckner's Mass in D Minor. Dr. Joseph's research in the area of 19th century choral-orchestral performance-practice has led to invited presentations on the topic at several division conferences of the American Choral Director's Association and at the national convention for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Dr. Joseph holds conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. She was a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award in 2014.
Among judges' comments: "Ease and naturalness, comfort and musicality...and a name to remember."
TIMOTHY S. MCDONNELL, director
Ave Maria University Combined Choirs
|TIMOTHY S. MCDONNELL|
Among judges' comments: "The conducting is clear and cues are given so that the orchestra and choir are comfortably together."